By Teresa Woodard
Gardeners have long enjoyed a close relationship with the farming community, so it’s no surprise to find many gardeners at the upcoming Farm Science Review in Madison County, Ohio, September 17-19.
One of the largest farm shows in the country, the 51st Farm Science Review expects to draw more than 140,000 attendees to its 80-acre exhibition area featuring 600 commercial exhibitors, including farming-favorites like John Deere, and educational programs from ag school powerhouses like The Ohio State University and Purdue University.
Check out these highlights:
- Gwynne Conservation Area – This 67-acre demonstration and education area features a natural stream, wetland, ponds, windbreak plantings, crop tree plantings, wildlife food plots, soil pit, riparian forests, dry hydrant and much more. Step inside the cabin for one of the workshops on growing giant pumpkins, controlling invasives, creating bluebird habitats or landscaping for wildlife.
- Utzinger Garden – This display garden is maintained by the Master Gardeners of Clark County’s extension office – home to the first country’s first 4-H club. Stop by the gazebo for talks on microgreens, beekeeping, vegetable gardening and more.
- Farm fare – Come hungry to enjoy the food vendors along Friday Avenue. Favorites include bean soup from the local Kiwanis club, milkshakes from Buckeye Dairy Club, ribeyes from Ohio Cattlewomen’s Association, plus pulled pork, sausage breakfast sandwiches and thick-cut pork chops.